Is reading comprehension not one of your strong suits.
I always find this interesting in that you don't seem to understand the context of the question.
There's actually been (fans/media/boards/here/elsewhere, we've seen it a number of times in the last week or so - without even looking and Buck was asked to comment on it) some level of public discussion about how soon he's ready to help the Orioles.
This is nothing against Harvey, but how many pitchers anywhere in baseball miss basically 3 seasons and show up in the majors ready to have an impact.
I don't question whether Harvey could pitch for the Orioles in 2019. Maybe they need a spot starter and since he's on the 40, he's an option. Maybe you need some bullpen innings at some point. certainly, if things are going well in terms of innings and performance in 2019 you'd expect to see him in September in a minor role.
Rob suggests we should see 100 innings, performance, whatever out him next year. I agree. ...and let's table all of the silly talk....like when the Orioles draft DLHall in the draft "because they need pitching"....or the Orioles drafted 3 HS catchers the year before Wieters was a FA and people think that's some bellweather for the Orioles plans wrt Wieters....why feed the absurdity of the position?
It's good to talk about the kid, he's been through some challenges and hopefully back on the path to contributing.....but let's leave it at...."we're glad he's back on the mound. Development is certainly slowed going trough some of the injury issues he's had, but we're optimistic a lot of that is behind him and we're looking forward to him logging some innings and proving healthy."
I know the Orioles seem to like to pretend they don't manage workload....but they say that WHILE we find out that they have a plan to manage workload.
You have to control Harvey's innings load in 2018. You have to. It's absurd to say anything different. Shouldn't even be an issue. The question is ore about HOW you do that. Personally, I'd start him at A+ and bring him into the game on a regular schedule for the 5th inning. Let him pitch 2-4 innings in that role, vulture some wins and just get low pressure work in.....should NOT be max effort innings. If you like everything he's doing there, maybe toward the end of the season you move him to AA and let him get a handful of starts where you stretch him out a little.
Rob was talking about him starting at AA. Maybe they do the Tanner Scott thing where he has 21 starts and just 61 innings...they say they are stretching him out as a starter, but that doesn't really seem right. John Means has 24 starts at AA and 139 innings....that's too much for Harvey next year.....so you can't just make him a starter at AA and let him go. He;s going to feel OK (you hope), so sometimes it's hard to push back on the kid that wants to go out and push hard and prove something. I think you have to control that over the short term.
2019....hey, if everything is good.....start at AA/AAA and you're hoping to get to that 150 inning+/- mark. Be healthy, perform well. Put yourself on the map by earning you way. He'd certainly be in line at that point for some possible ML innings if they needed something. Ideally you should have a plan that leaves him out and let's him get his MiL work in. Whether he starts in 2020 out of the gate or sometime later in the year would depend on what else you did with the pitching staff. Hopefully the plan doesn't include him being the stalwart in the rotation. He should be a contributor, not an anchor.
Again, my only point is that it's absurd to talk about him like he's part of near term (2018, 2019) 'winning when he's pitched 25 competitive innings below A1 in 3 years.
fwiw, I hope he turns out to be an excellent ML pitcher.